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Minn. shutdown looms as budget talks break up late


ST. PAUL -- A Minnesota government shutdown became more likely Wednesday with each tick of the clock.

Budget talks ended late Wednesday without a deal to avert the shutdown.

"We do not have a deal," Deputy Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel, R-Edina, said just before 10 p.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton went home, but his staff remained to work on the budget. Legislative leaders and experts in some budget areas also met well into the night.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.